October 10, 2013
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation officials want to honor Cherokee veterans for their service by permanently showcasing individuals’ military memorabilia inside the new Cherokee Nation Veterans Center that is nearing completion.
Officials plan to display uniforms, military gear and equipment, flags, videos, recordings, unit insignia, diaries, personal messages, photographs, military maps and charts, books and history of personal or unit service, dog tags, medals, and service-related documents, newspapers, books, and records.
“The Veterans Center is a permanent home that recognizes the commitment of our brave servicemen and women to America,” said Cherokee Nation Deputy Principal Chief Joe Crittenden, a U.S. Navy veteran. “By adding the tokens of memorabilia from our military veterans, we can better honor them and their sacrifices. Additionally, it creates a sacred space where personal histories can intermingle with our tribal and our country’s history.
“I ask my fellow Cherokee veterans and the families of veterans to share what they feel comfortable sharing. We will proudly showcase those items along with the warriors who brought them home.”
Those who are interested in donating a piece of a family member’s military items, please visit www.anadisgoi.com/veterans-center or contact Gina Olaya at (918) 384-7863.
The 7,700-square-foot Veterans Center houses veteran assistance and benefit offices, a kitchen, a community room, a library and a museum. The entrance will feature a “Wall of Honor” of Cherokee veterans.
The Veterans Center is located just east of the W.W. Keeler Complex, 17675 S. Muskogee Ave., in Tahlequah.